As a part of Adopt an Indie month, I interviewed Karin Rita Gastreich, author of Eolyn which I reviewed earlier. Read the review here.
Me: What has been the hardest part of your journey in writing and publishing Eolyn?
Karin: The biggest challenge of writing Eolyn was the battle sequence. When I started the novel, I had very little knowledge of medieval warfare (or any warfare, for that matter), and so I was understandably concerned about taking on the climactic battle scenes that would be so important to the story. I did a lot of research on ancient and medieval warfare, to get an idea of the logic and flow of battles, the appropriate use of weapons of the period, and so forth. This helped, but what really made the difference was connecting with other fantasy authors who had expertise in this area. Without their advice and support, I would not have achieved the level of authenticity that I did.
Now I can say the part of the novel that most intimidated me turned out to be one of the most exciting and fulfilling to write. And it gave me an extra special glow of satisfaction the day Publishers Weekly posted their review of Eolyn and described my battle scenes as “vigorously written”.